Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Understand the concepts underpinning thermodynamics and be able use these concepts including a) enthalpy, entropy and free energy b) Determine how ions behave in solution (ideal solutions, ionic strength) c) Understand thermodynamics of ligand binding and how it can be used.
- Explain key concepts behind atomic and molecular structure including functional groups as well as isomers and chirality
- Radioactivity. Describe alpha, beta and gamma decay, and use this to predict decay series. Understand the concepts of a radioactive half-life and how it is calculated. Be familiar with the use of these isotopes in biology and the types of protection required for their use.
- Explain what an acid and base is and understand their use in buffered solutions
The topics will be taught in two parallel strands with one hour lectures in each strand each week.
Strand 1 could be broadly identified as organic chemistry while strand 2 deals with physical Chemistry.
1) Understand the principles underlying atomic and molecular structure (Strand 1)
2) Identification of functional groups and understand their reactivity (Strand 1)
3) Understand the properties of acids and bases and their use in buffers (Strand 1)
4) Basic concepts underpinning the thermodynamics of biological systems (Strand 2)
5) Ligand binding to macromolecules (Strand 2)
6) Radioactivity (Strand 2)
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures supported with on-line tests to reinforce learning. Mathematical concepts will be supported through the introduction of an on-line resource.
|Total study time||30|
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External